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more snow burying the northeast. is there any relief from the brutal winter in sight? good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has this monday morning off. it is february 16th presidents day. 5:00 a.m. in the east. egypt launching air strikes against isis in libya following the release of the video. a video claiming to show the mass beheading of 21 egyptian christian christians. egypt's president vowed to avenge the murders. cnn's ian lee live in cairo for us. ian. >> reporter: christine, we are hearing now from the egyptian foreign ministry. we know the target the city that was targeted by egyptian f-16s this morning. the city of durna. the city that isis has controlled for some time. a city with a long history of sending militants off to fight
in iraq and syria. under the cover of darkness the f-16s struck warehouses and arms depots and isis training camps. this comes hours after the group released the horrific video of the beheading of 21 egyptian christians. in the video, there was a militant who gave a warning in english to the christians here in egypt and the european union. libya is a country on europe's door step. that city that the egyptian government targeted is 200 miles from the egyptian border. >> ian lee. horrific video and response from the egyptian government. the white house also responding condemning the beheadings of the egyptians. issuing the statement, the wanton killing of innocents is
the most vicious acts perpetrated by isil-affiliated terrorists against the people of the region. the u.s.-led coalition stepping up the aerial bombings of the isil targets following the latest terror attack last week after the iraqi base which is home to u.s. troops. there is concern the battle field will widen. isis militants set to gain ground in anbar province. let's bring in cnn's phil black in erbil. he will have details on what is happening on the ground there. phil. >> reporter: christine, good morning. some 1,400 iraqi soldiers graduated basic training with the help of the u.s. military personnel who designed the training plan. this is part of the iraqi government says will be the next step in combating isis. launching new offensive
operations against them particularly here in the north of the country. the prime minister has said a big plan is already underway to retake that isis strong hold in the city of mosul to the west of where i am standing. it could begin within a few months. the timeframe will depend on events on the ground. that training in the iraqi military. the anbar province is where isis remains on the front foot and continues to claim ground. that is where last week they claimed the iraqi town of al bagdadi. from there, launched attacks to the nearby air base which is housing more than 300 u.s. military personnel at this time. now efforts to retake al bagdadi so far have not gone particularly well. the local sunni fighters on the ground helping the iraqi military need more international assistance to stop isis continuing its advance through the region. christine. >> phil black in erbil.
thank you for that. now to denmark. police are investigating the attacks that killed two people in copenhagen over the weekend. the first attack at a free speech forum. the other hours later at a jewish synagogue. the gunman killed in a shootout with police on sunday. we are learning more about the 22-year-old shooter who officials say was well known to police. cnn's karl penhaul is live in copenhagen. we are learning new information by the minute about the 22-year-old suspect. what can you tell us? >> reporter: well we just learned from reuters and tv 2 here. he is named omar hamid. the 22-year-old had recently been in jail for a violent stabbing attack on a train for a passenger on a train. recently released from jail. we are learning from prosecutors and defense attorneys here about the two men arrested by police
in copenhagen yesterday. what the prosecutors are saying is that these two men had a prior arrangement with the gunman so apparent prior knowledge of at least one of the attacks. prior arrangement with a gunman prosecutors say, to hide him after the first attack and before the second attack and before he went back for the fatal shootout with police. a number of new details emerging here. the police described the 22-year-old as a gang member violent man. man who has possession of weapons illegally. somebody they also fear may have been inspired by the attacks in paris and by radical isis propaganda they say. >> nic robertson. i'm sorry. i called you karl penhaul. quickly, one thing that is troubling to people in denmark, this is the most violent episode they had in some couple of
decades, really. they are worried and on high alert. they are worried there could be other lone wolves or radicalized in prison. people not on their radar. they are concerned there, aren't they? >> reporter: that's a very big concern. you have the issue of a copycat-type of attack. that is a major concern. the police feel they have two accomplices here who were not directly involved in the attack but had prior knowledge. the concern is were there other people waiting for some other part of this plan to emerge and take part in terrorist activities. what worries the community here is it has been relatively peaceful. they had a high number. one of the highest per capita rates of young men joining iraq and syria and isis.
they had a number of them come back from the fight. the concern is how do you handle them? are they being truthful when they come back? the concern going forward now is are they going to see more of this? christine. >> nic robertson in copenhagen. thank you. the french government is condemning the desecration of jewish graves at the cemetery in eastern france. the stones were defaced with swastikas and nazi slogans. cnn's jim bittermann is live in paris for us. >> reporter: christine, this took place in an isolated place in eastern france. a jewish cemetery which has been targeted in the past. in 1988 and in 2001. something similar happened. nothing of this magnitude. there are over 300 stones turned over and broken. the investigators are going
through the cemetery this morning trying to find any forensic clues. it took place either friday or saturday night of this weekend. officials say they only discovered this late yesterday. they are really unsure about who would have done it. it must have been a fairly large group or several people. turnover so many heavy grave stones would have taken a number of people. it is clearly seen here as an anti-semitic attack. several have condemned this including president hollande. nothing will be tolerated and nothing will be less than that reaction. it is a wake-up call for the nation. christine. >> the prime minister saying it is an insult to memory. does it feel -- is the feeling in france that the anti-semitic is rising in france? >> reporter: well according to
the jewish agency which takes care of security in the jewish community, the number of attacks of 2014 doubled over 2013. it really has put a lot of the numbers in the jewish community here on edge given the fact we had the terrorist attacks here in january and the number of other incidents that have taken place and as well the copenhagen attack. there is a great number of jewish families moving to israel now because of the fact they feel insecure in france. i would say yes. >> jim bittermann thank you for that. the prime minister of israel benjamin netanyahu, calling for a mass move of jews to israel following the attack at the synagogue. they echo the remarks he made last month after the attack on the supermarket in paris. ten minutes past the hour. it may be the first crack in the fragile ukraine cease-fire.
reports of battles with ukrainian security forces and pro-russian separatists in mariupol after the cease-fire went into effect midnight on sunday. we have cnn's frederik pleitgen for us. it is a young and fragile truce, fred. >> reporter: it is getting more and more cracks. the ukrainian forces have said there have been over 100 infringements in the first 24 hours of the cease-fire. yesterday, five ukrainian forces killed in the region where i am in mariupol in shelling in mariupol. other places further north, shelling as well. pro-russian separatists are blaming ukrainian forces for shelling. both sides laying blame on each other. at this point, the cease-fire is still holding. at least that is what the ukrainians are saying.
it seems to becoming more and more difficult for the cease-fire to homicidetoday. both sides are to withdraw heavy weapons from the line. neither side is doing that. from our sources, pro-russian side it seems more gear is moving in there. i have seen ukrainian forces fortify their portions. it is a very difficult situation here on the ground. >> fred, you will cover that for us and bring us any word on how that truce is holding. time for an early start on your money. stock market closed for presidents day. the s&p 500 sitting at a record high after friday's rally. the dow back above 18,000. huge bank heist. this could be the biggest ever. hackers reached in and stole about $1 billion. that's $1 billion right from the banks.
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the winter of 2015 one new englanders will never forget. up to 2 feet of snow falling in the latest storm. boston buried again. more than 16 inches falling there. the fourth major snowstorm in three weeks. it is boston's snowiest month on record. total of 45.5 inches and bitter cold temperatures to deal with. people in the southeast and deep south are getting their own winter wallop. they are bracing for snow and bitter cold. cnn's nick valencia is live in nashville, tennessee. we know when it is cold and snow down south, things come to a halt. >> reporter: good morning, christine. this is not quite boston but pretty bad for the area. we have seen the freezing rain start to pick up in the last couple minutes. as much as .25 is predicted in the area. we have seen people from the office of emergency management partially active to deal with
the dangerous situation. some weather models predicted between 3 and 7 inches of snow in the nashville area. that is why over the weekend, they did their best to prepare. getting out on friday and saturday and sunday salting and brining the roads. the mayor asked everyone to stay indoors on the presidents day holiday. in the south, this is not the standard weather conditions for this time of year. last year they had some moderate events, but this year this is predicted to be pretty bad out there. those in the nashville area and watching in tennessee, listen to officials and stay safe. christine. >> you, too. stay safe. i know you will want to move around for the live shots. be careful of the black ice. nice to see you, nick. pedram javaheri has an early start on your forecast. pedram. >> good monday morning, christine. absolutely. the south starting to feel winter. wintry conditions from kansas
city to nashville. significant snow accumulations possible. 60 million people in the region under a winter weather advisory or winter weather warning. the wintry mix coming across east of oklahoma city. the i-40 corridor. one of the most dangerous roadways across the country today. mainly across little rock where ice accumulations a possibility. north of that line, working through the i-70. you will see a significant snowfall accumulation. .25 to .50 of ice, tree limbs can come down and widespread power lines can come down. this is .50 to .75 of an inch of ice. it stretches east south of nashville and pushing to charlotte with smaller accumulations of ice. here is the culprit. snowshowers across the deep south. pushes up the eastern seaboard by tuesday morning. christine, more wintry weather possible for washington baltimore, philly and then new
york and maybe even boston by the middle portion of the week. we will follow this throughout the week. >> pedram javaheri how many weeks until spring? breaking news overnight at dulles airport. arrivals and departures slow down after a pipe burst in the control tower. workers evacuated and for a brief period no planes leaving. the tower has reopened. officials are working to restore operations. transportation officials in hawaii say seven people hurt when turbulence hit a united airlines flight from newark to honolulu. most people hurt from the plane's crew. a teenage passenger taken to the hospital with a head injury. the faa this morning laying out the proposed new rules for the commercial use of drones. operators would have to pass a knowledge test and background check. they would not a need a pilot's license. the guidelines are designed to cover small drones less than 55
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the nba's biggest stars putting on a show at madison square garden. we are pleased because andy scholes is here. he was at the all-star game. nice to see you here. >> good to be here. >> you did not get much sleep. >> a lot of fun. i did not get much sleep. cold outside walking from madison square garden. so much fun. great night of basketball. did to the disappoint. a first in the all-star game. first brothers to start in the all-star game. pau and marc gasol. the two growing up in spain as kids. the west jumped to an early lead. the thunder's russell westbrook. lebron kept the east in it. the reverse slam on the alley-oop. he had 30 points in the game. the teams combined 48 three-pointers in the game. the west came out on top,
163-158. the highest scoring all-star game ever. westbrook was the mvp after 41 points. one shy of wilt chamberlain's record. >> you never want to take anything for granted. you want to go out and show your talents. i'm blessed to play the game i love. definitely have the win. >> it doesn't get any better. you play in the garden and the fans. to go out and represent my team and league at the highest level. it means everything. >> the game was record setting and the weekend. the dunk contest had become stale. zach lavine. the first two dunks had the crowd going nuts in brooklyn. people saying this was best since vince carter's in 2000. lebron says he regrets never
doing the dunk contest. lavine said he would take down lebron anyway. the three-point contest. steph curry and seth thompson. he brought home the trophy. he is the three-point champion. >> 13 threes in a row? >> he had the crowd going nuts. saturday night was entertaining. if it was a little warmer. >> look at you with the great beat complaining about the weather. andy scholes, thanks. 27 minutes past the hour. our top story this morning, egypt launching air strikes against isis after isis killed christians in a horrific new video. is this the tipping point to bring more countries to fight against the terror group?
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breaking overnight. egypt attacking isis targets after the militant group beheaded egyptian christians. will the barbaric actions cause more countries to fight against them? denmark on edge. was the man who went on a shooting spree in copenhagen inspired by the "charlie hebdo" attacks in france? deep freeze. the brutal winter getting worse with arctic temperatures brings
more misery in the northeast. welcome back to "early start." i'm christine romans. john berman has the day off. breaking news overnight. egypt launching air strikes on targets in libya following the release of the video claiming to show the mass beheading of 21 egyptian christians. christians kidnapped in libya. egypt's president had vowed to avenge the murders. we have cnn's ian lee live in cairo. it is another chapter in the brutal story of isis. >> reporter: that's right, christine. a lot of messages we're taking away from the latest video. watching the high production quality and similar to what we have seen in iraq and syria. these men are taken out on the to beach and beheaded. in the video, a militant gives a
speech in english. warning the christian community here in egypt. he talks to the egyptian government and europe. libya is right on europe's door step. for egypt, president cici was under a lot of press tour reure to react and react quickly. he gave a speech saying he reserves the right to act out. he used f-16s targeting places in durna. christine. >> thank you for that. air strikes from the egyptian government. new developments overnight in denmark. two men charged as accomplices in the deadly copenhagen attacks plead not guilty in court. alleged gunman was well known police we are learning. he was killed in a shootout after the two attacks. the first attack was at a free speech forum. the second attack hours later at
a jewish synagogue. cnn's nic robertson live in copenhagen. we are learning that reuters learning the name of the suspect. they knew of him, police but not terrorist activities but being a violent criminal in prison. >> reporter: omar abdul al hussein is what they are saying here on danish tv. police have not going public with it yet. now he is named, obviously brings more information about him. one detail is he had served time in jail for violent attack on a commuter train. unprovoked stabbing on a passenger. the police say he has ties to gangs here. he has a violent past. possibly inspired to attack by what he saw in paris. possibly inspired by radical islamist teachings online by
isis. they say they don't believe they have been to iraq and syria. we are hearing the two men arrested by the police yesterday interestingly the prosecutor is saying that they helped the gunman between the attacks by prior agreement. that means in effect these men were in some part accomplices and may have had details and knowledge of the shootings in advance. situation still heightened security and concern other accomplices or copy-cat attacks. christine. >> nic, you said there is concern in denmark because of mostly young men in the battle field in iraq and syria and coming back. it raises questions about how they repatriate these young men. at the same time, this young man, we don't know if he was on the battle field, but in prison. >> reporter: this is a growing concern across europe and the
united states as well. young men who have sort of a pre-disposition to be radicalized. when they go to jail it is somewhat of a breeding ground. we saw this in france with the attack on the kosher supermarket there. a similar concern or worry is emerging here. details of what happened in jail. his mental framework when he came out of jail quite recently is unclear. there was a transition from somebody who was a gang member to someone who is acting up in a very sort of stereo typical radical islamist political agenda here. what happened in jail is a question. >> nic robertson. we are learning new details by the minute really of the suspect in the denmark attack. let's stay so the denmark story. the analysis in the news.
let's get to the managing director of the quillium foundation. and isis striking on the positions in libya. let's start with the conversation harris, of the information from nic. this is inspiring the danish citizens and french citizens. it is interesting, the prime minister of denmark said this is not a battle with islam and the west or muslims or non muslims. values for the freedom ideology. >> i'm disappointed he did not name that dark ideology. that is islamism. a polit sized warped interpretation of islam.
it deal was grievances and it feels people are not fitting in society or looking to belong to a particular group of people. it gives them something to aim for. it gives them something to fight for. it gives them adventure and a theological justification to say not only will you be muslim if you actually do this and go down this path you will be rewarded by god as well. it really is about a very appealing ideology that links into people who have some problems and issues and grievances and partial grievances. it attracts them to the pathways that leads them to wanting to fight and kill. >> one of the many things interesting about the danish suspect here is that he had been known to police for gang activity. when you look at the narrative of gang membership and narratve of isis ideology there are
similarities. >> absolutely. let's not also forget this guy probably may well have been motivated and inspired by al qaeda and isil and muslim brotherhood. this ideology really as you mentioned, the gangs. it is really something that -- the good way to look at this is grooming. the way young particular individuals will be inspired and pulled into particular groups the same way there may be gangs and same way there may be cults or any other sort of particular family almost gang that gives people hope is something that is used by islamist recruiters. almost like salesmanship. they use those tactics to recruit to the lifestyle for people that are more susceptible to going down the path than others.
>> the big story as well. the egyptian government launching air strikes against isis positions in libya after this horrific video. 21 christians killed. english speaking jihadi talking about the blood of christians flowing. what do you make of this? what do you make of the fact these men were targeted for their religion? >> first of all, one of the things that is interesting, they are using british accent again. they are trying to keep this brand going. so-called jihadi john going with the brand. secondly they are running out of western hostages. they have to look for other hostages if they want to carry on with the barbaric activities. the other thing that is important to recognize, they are feeding off the narrative. they mention rogue within the horrific video. they are trying to create this
so-called clash of civilizations. this almost inevitable war with islam and other faiths and other muslims that are different from them as well. continuing on from the brand that they used within syria and iraq and also trying to expand the territory. trying to inspire other people around the world to buy into isil who other jihadists will see as men of action. this is worrying and disturbing. >> haras rafiq, thank you. 41 minutes past the hour. all eyes on ukraine. the cease-fire is holding between government forces and pro-russian separatists. will this cease-fire hold? of a laces r house, this one's the busiest. so you want it to be the cleanest. that's why you need lysol. because when you use bleach, some stains are left behind. as this dye reveals.
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time. actually both sides are to begin pulling the heavy weaponry. neither side is not doing that. i was on the phone with ukrainian commanders earlier. they have plans to pull back heavy weapons. they will not put the plans in place until the cease-fire holds in all places at least in this part of the frontline now. this is the city of mariupol. christine, we heard battles going on in outskirts today. a lot of mortar fire going on. ukrainian forces saying in the last 24 hours, they lost five men in the time of the cease-fire. by and large, both sides say there have been infringements. both sides say neither side is pulling back heavy weapons. both sides think by and large the cease-fire is holding. that doesn't mean the cease-fire will last. christine. >> fred thanks for that this morning in ukraine. 46 minutes past the hour. let's look at what is coming up
on "new day." alisyn joins us now. >> a big breaking news day, christine. thanks. egypt launching new air strikes on isis after a video of executions of more than 20 christians in libya. lots of questions this morning. will egypt join the u.s.-led coalition. will the u.s. ramp up? also developments in denmark. new details about the shooter. who was he and why did police already know about him? all that and more when michaela and i see you on "new day" at the top of the hour. thanks alisyn. "saturday night live" marks the 40th anniversary with a bang. who is that locking lips with betty white? this is one of the shows most talked about moments.
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in many places. transportation officials in hawaii say seven people hurt when turbulence hit a flight on united airlines from newark to honolulu. most of the injuries from the crew and a teenager was taken to the hospital with a head injury. breaking news overnight. dulles airport outside washington. arrivals and departures slow down after a pipe burst in the control tower. workers had to evacuate for a brief period. the tower has reopened we are told and they are working to restore full operations. "saturday night live" gathered to mark the 40-year anniversary. the special got started with the dynamic duo of jimmy fallon and justin timberlake. >> we are. >> we are. >> we are two wild and crazy guys and samurai.
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these are the gains so far for 2015. dow up 1%. nasdaq is the winner up 3%. s&p 500 is up 1.8% this year. "fifty shades of grey" sets records at the box office. it brought in $81.6 million over three days. biggest opening day weekend on the combined valentine's day and presidents day weekend. it crushed the 2010 comedy valentine's day. "fifty shades" broke the valentine's day record. a few dollars shy of the best opening ever "the passion of the christ" that opened in 2004. egypt launching air strikes against isis after isis killed more than 20 egyptian christians. "new day" is following that story. all of the latest right now.
>> this is nothing that i have ever seen. >> mass beheadings of christians. >> egypt launching air strikes. >> they are very firm presence in libya. they have intentions on spreading. >> bang bang bang. we could understand something was going on. >> shooting incident in copenhagen. >> we heard a lot of noise and we realize it was a shooting. >> and it stopped. >> stay calm and stay focused. stay off the roads. >> someone else hit me. >> you can't see anything. >> announcer: this is "new day" with chris
ary 16th, president's day. it is 6:00 in the east. questions cuomo is off today. we had breaking news overnight to tell you about. egypt launching airstrikes after gruesome video shows the beheading of more than a dozen coptic christians on a beach in libya. this appears to show a shift in crisis for isis. they show past prop been da that showed before and after shots. could this latest fatality bring egypt into the u.s.-led coalition? coverage on the ground in cairo. >> reporter: what we know this morning, in the early hours, under the cover of darkness f-16s flying out over libya, becoming the city. what we are hearing is they were targeting weapons